End of the season…

The 2006-2007 Season came to an end on Friday, May 18 with an incredible performance by Mavis Staples for our 91st Anniversary Gala Celebration.  Below are a few treasured moments from the season.

Ann Archer and Terry JastrowCyndi Lauper on the seatsAnn Richards

We dedicated this past season to Gov. Ann Richards who had been a long-time patron and donor to the Paramount.  The picture above  is actually from two seasons ago when I took Ann backstage to meet Bob Newhart after his sold-out show.

 Top Ten Moments from the 2006-2007 Season

10.   Turns out Academy Award nominated actress, Anne Archer, is married to Kenny Jastrow’s brother, Terry Jastrow…or something like that.  Anyway it was great to have her at our Paramount Spotlight Award ceremony honoring patron and donor Kenny Jastrow which raised over $150,000 for the theatres.

9. Cyndi Lauper bringing down the house and standing on the chairs in Orchestra Center row C

8.   The Dixie Chicks winning 5 Grammy’s…OK not part of the season but man that was cool…and they did come to see Bill Maher at the Paramount (but his show didn’t make this list due to that really bad joke about Michael Jackson…man that was bad.. but then again I was still trying to get over what Quentin Tarantino was doing with his date two seats over.)

7. Steven Tomlinson announces that his play, American Fiesta, which was commissioned by the State Theatre Company, was on its way to New York.

6. Burt Bacharach reminding us that he has written pretty much every song ever sang… but maybe he should continue to let others sing them.

5. Judith Ivey making a one woman show look like the work of 12 women.

4. The kids from East Austin’s Keys for Life Program meeting legendary jazz artist, Ramsey Lewis, backstage at the Paramount.

3. Matthew, Mark, Luke, Juan and Abraham…but especially Mark…oh yeah and Luke.. the Altar Boyz!

2. Dave Barry blowing up a whale. (tied with Roberta Flack not being on the season again this year – I wanted to blow her up last year!)

And the number one moment…

1. David Sedaris explains the real story about Zombies by talking about the Zombies in the movie Grindhouse which, just by chance, premiered at the Paramount.  By the way, I still think the funniest book ever written is David’s Barrel Fever.

Coming Soon – Kathy Griffin at the Paramount on July 20th.

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6 responses to “End of the season…

  1. Dave Barry blowing up a whale?! I think there must be some more to that story–let’s hear it!

  2. Thanks for your comment, Brenda. Dave talked about a dead, beached whale in the Washington State area. A really smelly problem that for some reason was turned over to the Highway Department to clean up. It made the news. Picture this: A large whale…dead…rotting…covered with seagulls enjoying a feast. The Highway department decides to blow it up! Result: A deformed dead whale now left on the beach with blubber everywhere… mixed with lots of dead seagulls! Trust me; you had to hear Dave tell it. The audience was in tears from laughing so hard.

  3. Jett Winders

    Luke was only 17…not that it makes a difference.

  4. They were all babies. So excited to be in Austin and really appreiciative of the audience at the Paramount. They told us we were the best city on the tour. One of the original Altar Boyz from Broadway, Scott Porter, now lives here and stars in the TV series Friday Night Lights. Favorite story of the show was the night I watched about 20 teens hanging out in the alley waiting to get autographs from the Boyz. It felt very NYC.

  5. Ken,
    Belated thanks for a fantastic evening. Looking at the photos y’all sent reminded us that our friend Kim arrived in Austin that evening direct from Brisbane, Australia. And he was still partying in the Frost Bank tower at midnight! I bet you didn’t realize that the Paramount could also be a cure for jet lag, did you? Btw, Kim was also impressed that Dame Edna is scheduled to appear in Austin soon. January, I believe…?

  6. It was a great party; wasn’t it. We had to kick the last two quests out close to 1AM!!!! Dame Edna is coming Jan 18-19. You can see the season line-up at austintheatre.org.

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